IoT News Roundup

FreeWave's new rugged router creates remote Wi-Fi hotspots; Domotz Pro lets smart home integrators, installers offer support services; Freight Farms plugging its Leafy Green Machine into Xively platform; Argus Insights says smart-home vendors should improve marriage between apps and hardware; Electric Imp moves into the enterprise.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Jan 29, 2016

FreeWave Technologies Launches New Network for Remote Monitoring

FreeWave Technologies, which sells wireless networking technology for machine-to-machine applications in remote locations for a range of industries, including oil and gas, agriculture, and electric utilities, has introduced the WavePro WP201, a shorthaul communication device that can be used to transmit voice-over-Internet protocol, video and sensor data at remote work sites where cellular coverage is lacking. The WP201 is a ruggedized router that contains both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, which support 802.11b/g/n and 802.11a/n/ac networks, respectively. It is designed to support local data transmission, as well as connect to a backhaul network to send or receive data over a wide-area wireless or fiber network.

"A lot of customers in the agriculture sector want to be able to have high-speed communications between their vehicles so they can do command and control of vehicles operating in tandem," explains Brad Gilbert, FreeWave's director of product management. "In oil and gas, customers want Wi-Fi coverage at remote sights so they can communicate with the back office and maybe have video or VOIP capabilities onsite, which requires a high-data, low-latency network."

The WavePro WP201 is available now at a list price of $1,500.

Domotz Introducing Support System for Smart-Home Integrators, Manufacturers

Domotz, a U.K.-based firm that has developed an IT support platform for home networks and connected devices, will introduce Domotz PRO, a professional-grade home-intelligence system, on Feb. 9, at the Integrated Systems Europe conference in Amsterdam.

Domotz PRO is a system that home-automation installers, systems integrators, help desks and hardware manufacturers can use to provide remote technical assistance to their customers regarding their home networks and devices—regardless of manufacturer. It also offers installers and help-desk providers tools for remote desktop and device access, remote power management, alerts and network diagnostics. In addition, installers or integrators can use Domotz Pro to create branded, customer-facing apps that consumers can access to perform such tasks as network diagnostics and smart home device management.

Pricing for the Domotz Pro service will start at $2.99 USD per month, per end user (home network), for an unlimited number of devices.

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